I found this book at my local library a couple months ago (I renewed it multiple times) and finally started reading it about a week ago. It's a story of choices, consequences, loss, and healing. Tracie Peterson puts a new spin on Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32). In this novel the prodigal is a younger daughter who chose to leave her loving family to find what she was looking for in the world far from home. Twelve years after leaving home she decides to return home to many changes and wants to seek reconciliation. Forgiveness came easy from two family members, but the relationship she desired the most was the most difficult to achieve. The two sisters share pieces of their past throughout the book as they work toward reconciliation. A major lesson of the book is that we all make choices both noble and otherwise and have to live with the consequences.
Where My Heart Belongs can inspire change, love and forgiveness if we are open to that choice. The ending seemed to come together too neatly in a way I can't imagine life happening, but its still worth a read.
This book encouraged me to consider my choices and how they have effected my life and the lives of others. The choice to forgive and seek reconciliation is one we all need to pursue because others see Jesus or NOT through our actions.
When God Ran
"And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses." ~ Mark 11:25-26